Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on BayArena when Bayer Leverkusen and Porto face each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Bundesliga side have been in a fine form in the second half of the season, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. Seeing that Peter Bosz has a full squad to choose from, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg.
Porto’s main goal, on the other hand, is to overtake their bitter rivals Benfica in the top position in the Primeira Liga standings. Considering that the Dragons are not regarded as good travellers, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Germany. It has to be noted that Cameroon international Vincent Aboubakar is sidelined with injury for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Charles Aránguiz):
Charles Aranguiz is a Chilean footballer who plays for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen as a midfielder. Aranguiz spent his youth career at Universidad de Chile and Cobreloa and he continued playing for los Zorros del desierto at senior level.
The Chilean footballer spent some time on loan at Cobresal as well before joining Colo-Colo in 2009. After playing for the likes of Quilmes, Universidad de Chile and Internacional from 2010 to 2015, Charles Aranguiz signed a contract with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on August 13, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Aranguiz has four caps for Chile U20 team and he made his debut for the senior squad in 2009.
The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was not selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he represented La Roja at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Charles Aranguiz was born in Puente Alto (Santiago) on April 17, 1989. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well. Aranguiz’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.